Where the sky is dark at night
Where you can walk at the beach alone at night safely
You can still visit raw bare beaches
Mountains that change colour with the light and sun
Jebel jais
The camel race track
History everywhere

Beautiful RAK


growing organic in UAE


Not only these two as mentioned but also a farm over in ADHEN RAK and yes locals are the innitiators
Tomatoes and cucumbers being the first crops

Change is everywhere

FBi Nigeria’s lady bikers health initiative

What a brilliant innitative
Combining women motorbikes and health care
These women are on to a winner using the stereotypes and the bikes to introduce discussion and break taboos in some instances about cancer and what you need to know


In to many clubs women are seen as the pillion rider and this is not always the case
Women love the freedom of the bike and the two wheel form of travel as well as anyone else

Lets see this in UAE
I am certain it would be very empowering
Lets watch and see

respect and dignity self belief

What a remarkable woman and what an inspiration
She should be compulsory viewing and attendance in her court for all conservative appointees from now and every day inwards.
When you treat people with respect they often reciprocate
Not always but often
THE OLD ADAGE OF ”DO AS YOU WOULD BE DONE BY” or ”DONE BY AS YOU DID” is sometimes referred to as The Golden Rule.

But as was once pointed out to me not everyone wants or expects to be treated the same way as you yourself may do!.
If you have always been treated with respect that is one set of expectations and perhaps your ‘norm”
However if you have never been treated with respect how will you react when you are treated with respect
You may be suspicious, anxious concerned or just cynical!

The way we treat all people in general from the road sweeper to the police and each other is indicative of how we feel about ourselves or related to our own experiences.
People who have had no privilege have a tougher journey than those with the silver spoon in their mouth but for different reasons
Having Privilege may mean you ahve financial resources but you may have no love no values no compassion
All the money in the world does not guarantee respect
You can demand it but it is priceless when it is a gift


ethics morals and corruption

Watching this short video about Somalia and some of the past leaders related to corruption.

Huge topic almost everywhere now and not only in Africa but USA and Russia also!

You never hear Angela Merkels’ name linked with corruption possibly the actual ”Leader of the free world”?

It is quite incredible how people who apparently profess morals and ingratiate them selves with the population – everywhere in our world – once they get the chance or opportunity are overcome by greed!
What is it with human nature that allows otherwise smart and upstanding individuals to deny their moral values and put self above country?
And whilst doing so insult and denigrate all that we should hold dear
And truth is the first casualty?
Leadership should be about engaging with peoples hearts and minds not threatening their livelihoods and bodies.
Education is critical for our world and its survival
What can deter the brutish and barbaric of so many who have taken power through fear
As many who know me have heard me say often times ”I may compromise my ethics but will not compromise my morals”
I pray that some sense and dignity will return and there is a realisation that lies will always be found out
Truth is a much simpler way to live.

Need to return to this another day as it is not fully thought through presently.


Banana Recipes, Beef Recipes, Curry Recipes, and 6 more
Curried Gazelle



Description Edit
This land-locked Central African country once thrived on its copper reserves, which are now dwindling. Farming methods are primitive, using bush-fallow cultivation methods, but the potential of agricultural expansion is promising. Peasant farmers grow the bulk of local foodstuffs but there is little surplus for sale so that currently a great deal of food is imported. In the bush the hunter can rely on a more substantial meal.
Zambia is renowned for its prolific wild life, with large game parks teeming with classic African animals such as the elephant, lion, leopard, giraffe, hippopotamus, rhinoceros, zebra, antelope and many more.

Serves 4.
Ingredients Edit
1 kg of gazelle rump steak, or beef chump steak cut into bite-size cubes
2 onions, chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 large chilies, seeded and finely chopped (minced)
2 plantains or bananas, sliced
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp seedless raisins
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground cardamom
½ tsp turmeric
½ tsp paprika
2 tsp mild curry powder
1 tbsp vegetable oil
300 ml coconut milk

Lightly sauté the onions in the oil for 3 minutes and then add garlic.
Taste. If it tastes sweet, add more garlic.
Fry for 1 minute then add chillies, frying for another 3 minutes.
Add steak and brown on all sides. Add the tomato paste, raisins, curry powder and spices, stirring.
Pour in the coconut milk and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to simmer and add plantains.
Cook, covered, for another 30 minutes. Test occasionally to ensure the liquid has not boiled away too much – there should be a rich sauce.

Serve curry on a bed of rice.



Brands out of AFRICA

So happy to see this change taking place
UAE are doing it for themselves also

Times are changing

UAE Organ doning

Strangely enough was only having this very conversation yesterday and here is a piece in the National

It is something that i feel strongly about and have inserted in my will although neither of my children are in agreement
It seems to me only reasonable to provide what is useful to others who will then ahve a better quality of life or life itself.
I can see the concern about ethics but still feel that nurse’s and doctors do their best for us not themselves
And this is an honourable gift to another.
Read below and see what you think.

UAE’s largest organ unit receiving calls ‘every day’ from prospective donors
Abu Dhabi hospital has 250 patients on waiting with list no relative that is a match

Shireena Al Nowais

February 18, 2018
Surgeons perform the UAE’s first full heart transplant at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. Photo Courtesy: Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
Surgeons perform the UAE’s first full heart transplant at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. Photo Courtesy: Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
How Islam’s view of posthumous transplant surgery changed

Transplants from the deceased have been carried out in hospitals across the globe for decades, but in some countries in the Middle East, including the UAE, the practise was banned until relatively recently.

Opinion has been divided as to whether organ donations from a deceased person is permissible in Islam.

The body is viewed as sacred, during and after death, thus prohibiting cremation and tattoos.

One school of thought viewed the removal of organs after death as equally impermissible.

That view has largely changed, and among scholars and indeed many in society, to be seen as permissible to save another life.

The UAE’s largest transplant centre is receiving calls “every day” from prospective donors, providing hope to hundreds of patients on a waiting list for new organs.

Doctors at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) said they have been encouraged by the number of members of the public that have come forward to volunteer to give their organs in the event of their death.

The hospital has conducted four kidney transplants from deceased donors to living patients since a change in the law last year made the procedure possible for the first time.

It also intends to branch out from just kidney operations this year.

But with 1,100 people currently on dialysis and 200 new patients every year in government hospitals, medics want to spread awareness and promote a culture of donating organs.

“There are many people with organ failure in this country, so our job is to promote transplantation and let people know that there are options available,” said Dr Mohamed Al Seiari, consultant physician and a nephrologist at SKMC.

“To my surprise though, there are many families who want to donate. Every day we receive calls from people who want to donate after their death. There is an evident change in culture, but we still need further education and to spread the word.”

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – February 18th, 2018: Mohamed Yahya Al Seiari (Consultant Physician Nephrology). Organ donations and patients on waiting list for donations. Sunday, February 18th, 2018. Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Abu Dhabi. Chris Whiteoak / The National
Consultant physician Dr Mohamed Yahya Al Seiari said more and more members of the public are volunteering to donate their organs in the event of their death. Chris Whiteoak / The National
He gave an example of the Emirati parents of a four-year-old boy who died recently.

“Their son was just declared dead and they immediately told us to take his organs. They said that they didn’t want to go feeling that their son’s life has gone to waste. They literally fought with us to take their son’s organs after he was declared dead at the hospital.”

But the recent change means tha tthe UAE is starting a donor programme from scratch.

The deceased donor list is open to nationals and non UAE nationals in the UAE.

However, talks are still going on about the mechanism and how and where people can register to be donors.

Current procedures include hospital staff visiting emergency units and approaching families of eligible donors.

“As times passes and the registry develops, people will understand this concept more and be more than willing to donate,” said Dr Mohammed Badar Zaman, head of transplant and liver Surgery at SKMC.

“In the meantime, the way that it happens is that when someone dies in a hospital, and is confirmed dead, then someone approaches the family to ask for consent.”

He said there is a need to create a larger pool of potential donors.

“Every year 200 new patients are added to that list, so the number of patients who need to be transplanted in this country is quite high,” he said.

Everything you need to know about the UAE’s organ donor transplant programme

Boy gets new lease on life after successful kidney transplant in Abu Dhabi

He said the waiting list for organs reflects the general population, most are expats.

“It is well distributed amongst all nationalities but what we have noticed is that in the past couple of years, there has been a steady rise of Emiratis coming forward for transplantation,” he said.

Dr Mohammed Badar Zaman said a system will soon allow people to identify themselves as a donor, though it is not known if that will involve carrying a card, for example, as in some countries.

“The message is that soon the Department of Health will set up a registry, so national policies and procedures can be set out out,” he said.

“We have actively started the programme at SKMC for anyone who needs a transplant and does not have a living related donor.

“Anyone who wishes to register or needs a transplant can do so without discrimination. Anyone who wishes to donate their organs can contact us directly.

“Transplants are for anyone and everybody who is living in the UAE – whether a UAE national or not.”

what it is to be other and not who we think we are

Growing up as an army ‘brat’ we lived in many places and it wasn’t until I lived here that I had been in any one country for more than 2 maybe 3 years. I have now lived in UAE for more years than I have ever lived anywhere in my entire life. I am currently in my second Emirate and living in the second of the homes I have spent the most of my life in…. UAE since 1995 and how much change and development have we both grown through.
Having just read Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche AMERICANAH and been carried along in a very unexpected way I had to write something to myself and anyone else who might be interested.
I always knew I was white in the various countries I grew up but had never had that experience; she so well describes of finding out I was white! [Often called www as in ‘wicked witch of the west’ and ‘white western woman’] usually tongue in cheek. But as we know many a truth is said in jest. In her case arriving in America and then when Dike visits Nigeria and Lagos for the first time as a young man. The idea of African American and American African was quite remarkable to me but makes immense sense. I have watched Morgan Freeman interviewed on this topic and his response makes sense to me. He is an American and no he does not want is history celebrated in one month he wants it to be celebrated and he is correct. In the same way that Arabs would appreciate having their history and contributions recognised rather than obliterated by the great white
People of USA more than anywhere I have ever experiences are apparently obsessed with ethnicity. More so than my own country which alarms me.
Here in UAE I began to have some limited idea about being marginalised for race, gender an more recently age.

There is a whole different range and variation on the Arabs and whether you are GCC or MENA, from the Levant and indeed many Syrians do not consider theme selves Arabs at all
A saying here is you can take ”the Arab out of the country but you can not take the Arab out of the man”

Reflecting back on Occupational Therapy training and then working in the health service also social services I am now struck by how many people were living this life in the shadows as described by Obinze and how various friends, relatives ahve fared. Young men in particular who came from backgrounds that’Vincent’ would consider soft and privileged. Obinze describes when being deported the unnecessary humiliation and degradation he was subjected to because he wanted a choice for education. So many are now forced to make choices for their lives let alone to experience education and God forbid families, social stability and security.
Here in UAE their are also many and not just from Africa but all nationals of this world living between residency and visitor status. Desperate to stay and live this life of a country that invests in it’s people and expatriates wanting to make their lives here unlike that described by Ifemelu and her first experiences of jobs and ID cards!
And now TRUMPS USA! Boris and MAY’S UK….
Imagine having a choice and USA would be the better choice than your own country – to leave and be forever treated as other is too momentous and indeed monstrous to consider.

This book has been quite a journey for me and remarkable and in some instances revelationery in how connected I feel although I am not from Nigeria and have not traveled [or will ever travel] to USA.

Thank you for the journey and partial arrival

NB. These opinions and thoughts are entirely my own